As we saw with Titanfall and are now seeing with Destiny, betas can serve as incredibly valuable assets for an upcoming game and for fans. When you're dealing with a new IP, people sometimes have a hard time understanding what it is you are trying to sell them, and there's no better way to clear that confusion up then by giving them hands-on time.
The Destiny beta from Bungie has launched for all PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners who were fortunate enough to snag a code for it. This game has been well over a half decade in the making and it feels good for players and developers to finally begin pulling the veil back on this major game.
The Destiny beta is finally here and it has oh so much to offer players, press and anyone in between. It's been a thoroughly enjoyable first full day for the Destiny beta, so here are seven things that we absolutely loved about it and want to share with you today.
Class, class, class
What is probably the single most important choice players will make when getting into the Destiny beta is what class they are. So why did we bring this up?
Often times in RPGs and games that force you to choose a specific class that you will play as for the duration of a game, it can be difficult to find which one you are most comfortable with. The Destiny beta is allowing players the best chance to figure that out now, so they do not have to waste time learning about each class when the game launches Sept. 9.
There's infinite value in a beta for both the developers and consumers, and the Destiny beta does a great job of letting players find out who they want to be as a Guardian.
Discovering 'Destiny' through the beta
What is Destiny? Sure, it's the newest, eventual major series in the gaming industry, but when you play, what is it? That's something that is incredibly hard for press and developers to truly convey with words. Some things you just have to experience to understand and Destiny is one of them.
The Destiny beta does a fantastic job of introducing players to a number of things about the game. Whether its the game's lore or its controls, the Destiny beta really does answer a lot of questions that traditional communication just can't answer.
If you're a game like Destiny or a multiplayer game in general, you cannot miss the opportunity to host a beta much like the Destiny beta. It's crucial to conveying more effectively to the audience, what you're trying to sell with this game.
Understanding your upgrades and skills
Once you've chosen your class, you'll need to become familiar with the various upgrades and skills at your disposal. It's not a bad idea to scroll through the various options you have to see where you'll want to invest skill points before push comes to shove.
Each Guardian is very different in the types of abilities and upgrades they have, so this helps people understand what each class offers and how to most effectively use them. The Destiny beta serves as a big enough of a preview that people will really gain a firm grasp on how to evolve their character.
This is probably one of the most important parts of the Destiny beta because it will be relevant for players during the entire course of their play-through. The Tower serves as a the location where people will be able to upgrade their armor, weapons, bonus items and more. This is also a location for you to meet other players that you'll want to journey with.
It's pretty darn big too, so you'll want to invest some time in becoming familiar with where everything is and what resources are at your disposal. The Destiny beta really helps people have a good understanding of what The Tower is and how it can benefit them.
Lowering the point of entry
This goes back to understanding what Destiny is, but the Destiny beta is really lowering that point of entry for a lot of people. If you're a bit intimidated to get into this game because it's a shooter and you're not a huge fan of them, the Destiny beta allows you to see for yourself.
One of the things a lot of people are going to find out about this game is how easy it is to get into it. You can absolutely create your own journey and make Destiny unique to you. Whether or not you're a shooter fan or a shooter expert, the Destiny beta really does pull back the veil of uncertainty and let you become familiar with a world you may end up loving in the end.
Showing off the scale in 'Destiny'
Take one look at the world of Destiny when you are preparing to launch somewhere and you'll understand just how monstrous this game is. It's reminiscent of the same feeling we had when we got into Borderlands 2 for the first time.
The world of Destiny is expansive and is a bit intimidating, in a good way. Being able to visit various planets gives us such a wondrous feeling and we expect that to only become more true when Destiny launches this September.
Controlling the uncontrollable
Destiny's controls are a bit different than your typical shooter, so yet again, another valuable reason why the Destiny beta is good to check out. If you're one of the lucky ones to get into the Destiny beta, then you undoubtedly become very familiar with the controls.
This just eliminates some of the learning that players would have had to deal with at launch, had the Destiny beta not been a thing. We're extremely excited about what is in store come Sept. 9 and we'll have much more on this game in the coming days.